10:09 am
Fri November 16, 2012

John Williams Tops Poll of Best Film Composers

The showbiz trade Variety recently polled 40 composers active in the movie industry, asking for their top three film scores of all time. John Williams came out on top with the most mentions, while Ennio Morricone's score for "The Mission" was ranked as Best Score overall. Read the entire article after the jump.
Ennio Morricone's original music for Roland Joffe's 1986 film "The Mission" landed on top of a Variety poll of 40 active composers who were asked to name their top three original movie scores of all time in order of preference.
Arts & Culture
8:30 am
Mon November 12, 2012

John Williams' Inevitable Themes

Flanked by composer Leonard Slatkin and soprano Jessye Norman, John Williams takes a bow during his 80th-birthday celebration at Tanglewood in August.
Stu Rosner

Originally published on Thu November 15, 2012 9:52 am

For more than 50 years, John Williams' music has taken us to galaxies far, far away through adventures here on earth, made us feel giddy joy and occasionally scared us to death.

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10:11 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

KPAC's 30th Anniversary: 30 Great Film Scores

Olivia Wilde, lounging and listening to some awesome soundtracks.
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This month, KPAC is celebrating thirty years of broadcasting. Our hosts are having some fun sharing "30 lists" - artists, music, movies, and recordings you might enjoy, that help shape the sound of your classical oasis.

As the curator of Texas Public Radio’s film series, Cinema Tuesdays, I spend a lot of my free time enjoying movies, and their soundtracks.  Soundtracks make up a small but important section of our library at KPAC. Because we connect to movies on such a personal level, film scores often come with built-in emotional attachment. Below is a list of some of my favorites. While this is by no means a ‘best of’ list, these are the records I enjoy spinning most often on my CD player and iPod. I created a Spotify list, linked below, so you can listen to all of the tracks in a playlist, and in the article, each track is linked to Amazon when available so you can download a song or album for yourself. Have fun listening!

Click here to listen to the list on Spotify.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

"Singin' in the Rain" On Blu-ray: What A Glorious Feeling

Credit Courtesy Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Among movie musicals, “Singin’ in the Rain” stands as the greatest of them all. Its nearest competitors, “The Band Wagon” with Fred Astaire, or even Gene Kelly’s “An American in Paris,” produced a year before “Singin’ in the Rain,” are also just as entertaining today as when they were first released six decades ago. But something about “Singin’ in the Rain” gives it a snap that remains timeless.

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TPR Cinema
10:57 am
Fri April 13, 2012

After SXSW, "WOLF" Leads The Pack At Dallas International Film Festival

L to R: Producer Ralph Lopez, Jordan Cooper, Mikala Gibson, director Ya'Ke Smith, Shelton Jolivette.
Nathan Cone

On the heels of a sold-out debut at Austin’s South By Southwest Film Festival last month, Ya’Ke Smith’s debut feature, “WOLF,” screens at the Dallas International Film Festival this weekend. The taut, emotional drama is about a family struggling to come to grips with their son’s sexual abuse at the hands of their church pastor.

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11:55 am
Wed March 14, 2012

SXSW 2012: A Feral Child, Roaming Texas in "Kid-Thing"

Sydney Aguirre as "Annie."
Courtesy Photo

Austin-based directors Nathan and David Zellner's dark fable, "Kid-Thing," screens at South By Southwest after playing the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. In the film, young Annie (Sydney Aguirre) roams the countryside of East Texas aimlessly, casually shoplifting, throwing objects at passing cars, and enjoying her freedom, while her father lays about on the couch.

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12:56 pm
Mon March 12, 2012

SXSW 2012: 'Tchoupitoulas,' a Portrait of New Orleans by Night

Bill Ross (left) and Turner Ross (right), directors of "Tchoupitoulas."
Nathan Cone

Following their acclaimed documentary "45635," Bill and Turner Ross headed south to New Orleans, filming the city almost exclusively at night. "Tchoupitoulas" follows three brothers as they experience what Turner Ross calls a "surreal Pleasure Island."

Tchoupitoulas” is unique in its depiction of the Crescent City. The joyousness and weariness of downtown New Orleans is presented with equal measure. “These aren’t issue-based films,” Turner Ross explains. “It’s portraiture, really, and experience.” 

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12:24 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

SXSW 2012: San Antonio Ex-Pat Filmmaker Comes Home

San Antonio filmmaker Micah Magee.
Nathan Cone

In "Heimkommen (Coming Home)," a young girl and her brother both deal with the loss of a loved one in very different ways. The film was shot in Germany, where director Micah Magee has been based for the past ten years.

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4:09 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

SXSW 2012: Student Filmmaker Maqui Gaona, "Burn Spark"

St. Mary's Hall senior Maqui Gaona.
Nathan Cone

Senior Maqui Gaona is enrolled in the Digital Video program at St. Mary’s Hall. Her film “Burn Spark” will screen as part of the Texas High School Shorts program at SXSW this week.  The short film is set in a world where people are programmed to fall in love with only one other person.

“I kind of got the idea from lots of different interpretations of what it means to instantly connect with someone,” she says. 

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1:21 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

"Notorious" An Overlooked Hitchcock Gem

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Among Alfred Hitchcock’s many great films, “Notorious” is one of his best, and yet I somehow get the feeling that it’s overshadowed by its more famous cousins from the 1950s and 1960s, such as “Psycho” or “The Birds.”  Released in 1946, and starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains, the film utilizes brilliant camerawork, unconventional characters, and an excellent script to deliver a nail-biting thriller that leads up to a doozy of a final scene.

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